RUBIN MATHIS II
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HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 88 OF THE WALL

RUBIN MATHIS II

WALL NAME

RUBIN MATHIS II

PANEL / LINE

3W/88

DATE OF BIRTH

10/07/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PLEIKU

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/25/1971

HOME OF RECORD

CORDELE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Crisp County

STATE

GA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RUBIN MATHIS II
POSTED ON 5.21.2023

Ground Casualty

On May 16, 1971, a New York Times article described heroin use by American troops in Vietnam had reached epidemic proportions. The piece reported that 10 to 15 percent of lower-ranking enlisted men were heroin users, and military officials working in drug‐suppression estimated that as much as a quarter of all enlisted personnel, more than 60,000 men, were hooked. They added that some field surveys reported units with more than 50 percent of the men on heroin. In Vietnam, the drug was plentiful, cheap, and 95 percent pure. Its effects could casually be achieved through smoking or snorting, as compared to the U.S., where the drug was impure, only about five percent heroin, and had to be main-lined or injected into the bloodstream to achieve a comparable high. The habit, which cost $100 a day to maintain in the U.S., cost less than $5 a day in Vietnam. Camp Wilson was located approximately five kilometers (3.0 miles) north of Pleiku in Pleiku Province, RVN. On June 25, 1971, a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator at Wilson from the 584th Engineer Company (20th Engineer Battalion) died of a suspected heroin overdose. SP5 Rubin Mathis II expired after he reportedly aspirated the contents of his stomach following narcotics use. He was 24 years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “G.I. Heroin Addiction Epidemic in Vietnam.” New York Times (New York, NY), May 16, 1971]
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POSTED ON 5.17.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

There is a place
Not far from here
Where spirits walk
And heroes live
And honor still resides.

It is a wall
With names inscribed
Of those who served
When they were asked...
The brothers of my youth.

I go there still
To walk and think
About my life,
And what I've done since
And things that might have been.

There is a debt
I can't repay
Too many lives were spent.
And one man's life cannot suffice
To make their deaths worthwhile.

But there is hope
In the memory
Of those we leave behind
Who know the price that freedom brings
Who can carry on in kind.

I send you now
To touch a name
So the vision can be passed
Remember there is honor still
It is for you to see it lasts.

They are not dead
And have a wish
As all old soldiers do
The reflection you see before you now
Is their wish to live in you.
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POSTED ON 10.7.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 7.9.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp5 Rubin Mathis, Thank you for your service as a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Independence Day just passed. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.1.2018
POSTED BY: Ruby Jackson

You gave your all

My dear brother, as it draws near to your birthday, you are utmost in my mind. You served our country well.

We little knew that morning
God was to call your name
in life we loved you dearly
in death we do the same.
RIP my dear brother, your baby sister RUBY
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